KING OF THE SCREWUPS, K.L. Going.
From the flap copy:
Liam Geller is Mr. Popularity. Everybody loves him. He excels at sports; he knows exactly what clothes to wear; he always ends up with the most beautiful girls in school. But he's got an uncanny ability to screw up in the very ways that tick off his father the most.
When his father finally throws him out of the house, his father's brother - a gay, glam-rock disc jockey - takes him in. Living in a trailer in upstate New York is not at all what Liam planned for his senior year, until he realizes it's his perfect chance. In a new school, he can remake himself into a total nerd and be everything his father wants him to be. But "Aunt" Pete sees him for who he really is, and now Liam has to decide which version of himself he can live with.
I loved this book. In the character of Liam, Ms. Going takes what should by all rights be assets - popularity! great clothes! good looks! - and turns them into liabilities. What a fun and smart and often touching way to take the fish-out-of-water story and make it fresh again. Oh, and I loved Aunt Pete's cast of friends - kind of like bringing back the Village People except readers don't get to hear them sing.
How about you? Read anything good lately?
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